2015-2016 Merit-Based Scholarships


Qualified students who have been admitted to Gustavus will be automatically considered for certain renewable merit-based scholarships and notified of any awards within three weeks of receiving their offer of admission, beginning January 1.

Scholarships that require a separate application before consideration are noted below. Students are eligible to receive either the President's Scholarship or the Dean's Scholarship plus any other earned scholarships. All scholarships are renewable for four years if the specific requirements listed (if any) are met.

Automatic Consideration

By applying for admission, all students will be considered for the following scholarships and awarded if they qualify.

Dean's Scholarship*
Based on information provided in the Application for Admission, awards ranging from $6,000-$20,000 annually ($24,000-$80,000 over four years) recognize students who show significant academic achievement, service, or leadership in their high schools, churches, and communities.
President's Scholarship*
Awards of up to $22,500 annually represent the College's financial commitment to academic excellence, one of our five core values. Through a nomination and interview process, potential recipients will be reviewed for their previous accomplishments and potential for future success. Past recipients of these highly selective awards enrolled in the most academically challenging courses offered, ranked near the top of their graduating class, and earned a composite score of 30 on the ACT or 1320 on the SAT. Submission of test scores is required for consideration. Awards are renewable with a 3.25 cumulative GPA. International applicants are not eligible for the President's scholarship. Please visit the International admission page for information about available financial aid.
*The Dean's and President's Scholarships are the only scholarships that are exclusive to each other. A student may receive either the Dean's or President's Scholarship, but not both. All other scholarships may be stacked on top of a Dean's or President's Scholarship.
National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship
Winners in the National Merit Scholarship competition who designate Gustavus as their first-choice college will receive a renewable scholarship of $7,500. Additionally, finalists can receive a President's or Dean's Scholarship for a maximum potential merit-based award of $30,000 (or $120,000 over four years). Any other Gustavus scholarships earned will be honorary (awarded in name but not financially). Students may also receive need-based aid if eligible.
Gustavus Legacy Award
Awards of $2,500 annually ($10,000 over four years) are given to students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates, or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.
Diversity Scholarship
The Paul L. Rucker Scholarships range from $1,000-$5,000 annually ($4,000-$20,000 over four years) and are granted to students who bring diversity to campus. Ethnicity is one of several factors considered but is not an exclusive condition of eligibility.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Members of Phi Theta Kappa enrolling from a community college may be considered for scholarships of $2,500 annually. A minimum of 42 quarter credits or 28 semester hours and an earned college grade point average of 3.5 are required. This award is renewable with a 3.25 Gustavus cumulative grade point average.

Application necessary

To be considered for the following scholarships, Early Action applicants must complete their admission and scholarship applications by November 1, 2015. Rolling Admission applicants must complete applications by January 4, 2016 (unless noted differently below). Finalists for the fine arts and speech scholarships will be notified and invited to campus to compete for an award.

For Early Action applicants, the deadline is November 1, 2015. For Rolling Admission applicants, talent-based scholarship applications must be completed by January 4, 2016. This includes all supporting materials, such as recommendations, media, or other scholarship-specific requirements.

Music Scholarship
Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarships, ranging from $2,000-$6,000 annually ($8,000-$24,000 over four years), support students continuing their participation in music at Gustavus. Although scholarships are available to students of any major, all winners are required to participate in a performing ensemble. The Music department has more detailed information about music scholarships. **Please note: You may apply for the Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarship in multiple performance areas -- for example, you may send one application for voice and another for piano. Seperate application forms, recommendation letters, and resumes must be completed for each performance area.**
The Bjorling Scholarship Application will be available in early September.
Theatre and Dance Scholarship
Evelyn Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarships, ranging from $500-$6,000 annually ($2,000-$24,000 over four years), are awarded to candidates who have demonstrated talent and commitment to pursuing theatre and/or dance regardless of their intended major. Winners are required to participate in the department through coursework and/or involvement in productions or ensembles.
The Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarship Application will be available in early September.
Art Scholarship
Awards ranging from $500-$2,000 annually ($2,000-$8,000 over four years) recognize students who have demonstrated talent and commitment to studying the visual arts regardless of their intended major.
The Art Scholarship Application will be available in early September.
Speech Scholarship
Gustavus's $1,000-$2,000 ($4,000-$8,000 over four years) National Forensic League Scholarship is awarded annually to candidates who demonstrate talent and commitment in individual forensics events competition. The award will be based on a candidate's potential as a collegiate competitor, high school academic record, previously demonstrated leadership, and potential for contributions to the Gustavus community.
The Speech Scholarship Application will be available in early September.
Lutheran Leadership Award
Awards of $500-$2,000 annually ($1,000-$8,000 over four years) are given to Lutheran students whose home congregations are members of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations and are nominated by their pastors or Association delegates. The Lutheran Leadership award is awarded based on church involvement, but the amount is determined by financial need. Applications and nominations must be received by May 1.
The Lutheran Leadership Award Application will be available in early September.
Church Matching Scholarships
Established scholarship funds awarded by a student's home congregation--regardless of religion--will be matched by Gustavus up to $1,000 ($4,000 over four years). Written notification from the church indicating the dollar amount or the likelihood of some future award must be received by June 15.
The Church Matching Scholarship Application will be available in early September.
Army ROTC Scholarships
AROTC awards are available for students wishing to become an officer in the U.S. Army: active duty, National Guard or Army Reserves. These scholarships pay tuition up to $20,000 a year, $450 a semester for books and supplies, and a monthly stipend ranging from $250 for a first-year student to $400 for a senior. These scholarships are good for 2, 3, or 4 years and are available for incoming students as well as students already on campus. For general information, go to http://www.goarmy.com/rotc. Additionally, ROTC students may receive a scholarship to pay room and board at Gustavus each year (equaling $9,110 for the 2014-2015 academic year). Gustavus is a partnership school of the Army ROTC program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. For specific information on their program go to http://ed.mnsu.edu/armyrotc.

* Please note: The information in this site is for incoming (new) and prospective Gustavus students. If you are a returning student, please refer to the Financial Aid website for more information.